THE ASAN PUBLIC OPINION BRIEF
Public Opinion on Social Division
SOCIETAL CONTRIBUTION BY OCCUPATION
How much do the following jobs contribute to society?
Respondents believed workers in agriculture/forestry/fishery, the military, homemaking, and blue collar labor contribute greatly to society and professions in religion or politics contribute the least. When asked about the societal contribution of fifteen occupations, 80.6% responded that workers in agriculture/forestry/ fishery contribute “very greatly” or “generally greatly” to society. Next highest in positive responses were, in descending order: Military (75.5%), Homemaker (74.6%), Blue collar worker (74.5%), and Scientist (71.8%).
Jobs perceived as contributing relatively less to society were in Politics (22.9%), Religion (32.3%), Legal profession (41.4%), and Journalism/Media (45.9%). The respondent’s low opinion for jobs in politics and religion may be explained by the public’s lack of trust in these professions. In June, the Asan Daily Poll found that less than 20% of Koreans express confidence in the legislative branch, judiciary branch, and media. Societal contributions by Doctors (64.2%), Businessmen (63.6%), Teachers (63.1%), White collar workers (59.6%), Civil Servants (51.0%), and Artists (50.6%) were perceived around average.
- The sample size of each survey was 1,000 respondents over the age of 19.
- The surveys were conducted by Research & Research, and the margin of error is ±3.1% at the 95% confidence level.
- All surveys employed the Random Digit Dialing method for mobile and landline telephones.
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The sample size of each survey was 1,000 respondents over the age of 19. The surveys were conducte d by Research & Research, and the margin of error is ±3.1% at the 95% confidence level. All surveys employed the Random Digit Dialing method for mobile and landline telephones.
This brief is a product of the Public Opinion Studies Center at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies.
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